"On stage, James Hammel is at once completely natural and artfully focused, a rare combination. He gets to the core of each song with easy grace and understated eloquence." Roy Sander, Critic and Columnist (formerly of Back Stage and Citysearch).

James Hammel & Friends, is currently booking events and private parties and working on a his next project release.



Notable Quotables from James' performances:


A COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: "James Hammel & Friends were highly professional and played excellent jazz and blues music! We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to host a relaxing, smooth jazz event!!!" - Sonya C. Williamston, SC

A FESTIVE WEDDING RECEPTION: "Fantastic Band!! James Hammel & Friends played for our wedding reception and we could not have picked a more perfect band for the occasion. They are very talented musicians and were extremely professional throughout the evening. I would highly recommend James Hammel & Friends." - Theodore, Groom, Knoxville, TN

BEST WEDDING BAND EVER!: James Hammel & Friends are the most perfect band for any occasion! They played at our wedding. Their jazzy, funky, contemporary vibe was timeless. Every age group could relate. All the band members were professional and kind and incredibly talented. We will hire them again and again for future entertainment and always recommended them. They are worth their weight in gold—hands down! So incredibly pleased! - Margaret, Asheville, NC

A MAJOR FUNDRAISER: "It was a plesure working with James setting up and suggesting back and forth what we wanted for our annual fundraiser and auction event. Professional all the way and easy to communicate back and forth prior to the event. The music provided was everything we expected and more with attendees into their music while the Taste and Wine event proceeded. No one seemed to want them to stop but in the end the event was over and we all left enjoying the music from that night." -Mark S, Maggie Valley, NC

A COUNTRY CLUB GATHERING:" James was truly professional and our members really loved his music. He communicated in a timely fashion and reached out to confirm the event. We look forward to having him back!" - Liz, Event Planner Asheville. NC

AN ELEGANT PRIVATE PARTY: "James performed solo with his guitar at our party. From the moment the party began to the very end, his music set the ambiance and crooner vibe I was looking for. It really helped create a truly positive and uplifting experience for our guests. A wonderful evening of entertainment. Thank you James!" — - LM

A MEMORIAL SERVICE: "James was wonderful. His voice was great and they did exactly what we needed. It was a hard time but he really made it easier!! BOOK THIS GUY!! You won’t regret it." Katy S. from Asheville, NC

A NC BREWERY: "James Hammel & Friends perform weekly at our brewery and it's been our best day of the week for almost five years! Great voice, guitar playing, and energy. The addition of a variety of excellent musicians and a truly diverse songlist make having James truly wonderful." John G., Asheville, NC

A MAJOR HOTEL AND TOURIST ATTRACTION: "James performs regularly for our customers who visit this hotel and dine here. Without exception, we have heard nothing but wonderful feedback on the quality and diversity of his music. Everyone loved you and your music!" Cora, Asheville, NC

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many performances have been cancelled or postponed. Stay tuned for updates on new events.

Fri 9/10/21

Mountain Brook Vineyards

Tryon, NC

5 - 8 PM

James performing solo guitar/vocals for guests of this fabulous winery. Jazz, pop, blues and originals. Private venue for members and their guests.
Fri 9/3/21

The Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

6 - 9 PM

James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals. Private venue for members and their guests.
Sun 7/11/21

Parker-Binns Vineyard

Mill River, NC

2 - 5 PM

James performing solo guitar/vocals at this spectacular winery overlooking the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. More jazz, adult pop, blues and originals.
Thurs 4/29/21

The Classic Wineseller

Waynesville, NC

6:30 - 8:30 PM

A great spot to enjoymusic in Waynesville. James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Fri 4/2/21

The Country Club of Asheville

Asheville, NC

6 - 9 PM

James performing solo guitar/vocals for members and guests. Jazz, pop, blues and originals. Private venue for members and their guests.
Sun 2/28/21

Parker-Binns Vineyard

Mill Spring, NC

2 - 5 PM

James performing solo guitar/vocals at this beautiful vineyard. Jazz, pop, blues and originals.
Sun 2/14/21

Hemingway's Cuba Restaurant

Asheville, NC

6 - 9 PM

A Valentine's Day celebration at this great restaurant in the Cambria Hotel. James performing solo guitar/vocals and delivering love songs.



Isa's Bistro at The Haywood Park Hotel

Asheville, NC

6 - 9 PM

James performing solo guitar/vocals every Saturday in this Asheville, NC restaurant. Jazz standards, pop, bues and originals fill the air. Great atmosphere. Social distancing in place. Reservations recommended.

Every Wed and Sometimes Friday's or Saturday's

Lookout Brewing

Black Mountain, NC

6:00 to 8:30 PM



James Hammel & Friends have been performing at Lookout Brewing for more than 7 1/2 years. This great venue features craft beer tastings and food specials. Kids and dogs love this place. James Hammel & Friends feature jazz, blues, pop and originals. Look for other guest musicians like Lateris Aferondii (African percussion), Matt Kinne (guitar and bass), Paco Shipp (blues harp) Patrick Allison (trumpet) and local singer songwriters. Great vibe and wonderful people!

  Notable Past Performances  

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

James performs regularly at this wonderful venue overlooks the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and have us perform the songs they love.

Burntshirt Vineyards

Hendersonville, NC

James performing solo guitar/vocals at this wonderful and picturesque vineyard.

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

Beautiful Asheville dinner, spa and music venue featuring solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals. Performing in the Great Room.

Envision Williamston Jazz Festival

Williamston, SC

Featuring a Trio (guitar/vox, percussion, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert at the amphitheater.

Park Rhythms Series Sponsored By Town of Black Mountain

Black Mountain, NC

Featuring a Quartet (guitar/vox, bass, drums, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert on the stage outdoors at picturesque Lake Tomahawk.

Richie's Alliance For Autism

Waynesville, NC

Quartet and Solo performances at this great fundraiser for autism. A wonderful cause.

Symphony of the Mountains

Kingsport, TN

Band performance to support this organizations wonderful annual black tie dinner and fundraiser.

White Horse

Black Mountain, NC

Great band for this one and a neat venue! Lots of jazz, pop, originals played by some of the best musicians around: Dr. Bill Bares (Piano), Zack Page (Bass), Rick Dilling (Drums) and Patrick Brown (Sax).

ISIS Music Hall

West Asheville, NC


It's a wonderful jazz venue in Asheville, NC. Players included James Simmons (Bass), Simon George (Piano), Jeff Rudplph (Drums).
  US Open Tennis Championships (multiple performances) Five solo shows at the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, NY!


The Bitter End

New York City (multiple performances)

James often featured his original music at this historic pop venue that featured artists like Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Police and many more artists.


The Metropolitan Room

New York City (multiple performances)

This spectacular cabaret room featured James with his band including Daryl Kojak (piano), Dmitri Kolesnik (bass), Cook Broadnax (drums) and Ole Mathisen (sax) performing jazz standards and originals.

Interested in booking an event or private party? James continues to perform at private functions. Please visit our Contact page.

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